By Susan Sontag
First released in 1966, this celebrated book--Sontag's first number of essays--quickly turned a contemporary vintage, and has had an incredible impact in the US and in another country on puzzling over the humanities and modern tradition. in addition to the name essay and the well-known "Notes on Camp," Against Interpretation contains unique and provocative discussions of Sartre, Simone Weil, Godard, Beckett, science-fiction videos, psychoanalysis, and modern non secular pondering. This version contains a new afterword by means of Sontag.
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On top of the credit cards, her student loan payment is $360 a month. She tries not to think about how long it will take to pay off the $25,000 that remains. Since Adrian has been unemployed, Ashlee has skipped these payments in order to provide for the family’s basic needs. bo o m time Last February, Ashlee got a refund check from H&R Block totaling $4,704—more than three times the amount that she brings home in an average month. Ashlee keenly remembers the excitement she felt when she collected that check, walking it straight to the bank.
In sum, the EITC seems to inspire future-oriented goals. And to some extent, it also seems to prompt the ﬁnancially responsible behavior—thrift and debt payoff—that could lead to their fulﬁllment. But tight budgets and ﬁnancial shocks can drive up debt during the rest of the year. 36 By providing a pay raise to low-income workers, it helps keep that age-old American promise: if you work, you shouldn’t be poor. It supports all of the things that Americans value—work, saving, paying debts, asset building, and the desire to get ahead.
Because the working poor and near-poor often live with ﬁnancial uncertainty, it was not uncommon for us to hear stories of families buying in bulk at discount stores and ﬁlling pantries and deep freezers, especially at tax time. These stockpiles help to ensure that food won’t run short when money gets tight. Brenda Hutchinson, a thirty-eight-year-old, married, white school lunch aide, explains that, when the tax refund check comes, she takes her two daughters—ages four and eleven—to BJ’s Warehouse, a wholesale chain that sells groceries and other items in bulk.
Against Interpretation and Other Essays by Susan Sontag